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With usa involvement in Afghanistan, wisdom of the rustic is valuable. This "handbook" explains a few easy matters that are meant to be within the wisdom "toolbox" of a Marine operating with Afghanis or deployed to the rustic.
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Continued on next page Afghanistan: An Intro to the Country and People 52 Five Pillars of Islam, Continued Fasting In Arabic this is called As-Sawam. It means that during the month of Ramadan, adult Muslims who are in good health • Cannot eat, drink, or smoke from sunrise until sunset every day of this holy month. • Must abstain from sexual relations. The intention of fasting is to worship Allah. Ramadan is a sacred month because it commemorates the time when Allah first revealed the Qur’an to Muhammad.
Pilgrimage Called Al- Hajj (Hadsh), this pilgrimage requires a Muslim in good health to travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once in a lifetime. • Specific preparation is necessary for the Hajj; for example there are rules about shaving and cutting hair and what to wear. • One of the high points of the Hajj is the umrah, which means performing a ritual walk seven times around the sacred stone of Islam called the Kab’ah. • The Hajj commemorates the sacrifices and faith of Abraham, his second wife, Hagar, and their son, Ishmael.
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